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Antonio and Giacomo Baruffaldi - Lombardy

Antonio e Giacomo Baruffaldi
Producing wines that are an expression of the land and not to please the taste of the market : this is the philosophy of our company. We cultivate hilly, sparsely inhabited land, located between 350 and 500 meters above sea level. We are in Lombardy, on the hills of the Oltrepo Pavese, and at the center of the estate is the ancient castle where we have the cellars. We cultivate 20 hectares of vineyards divided into small plots: with our discrete vineyards, surrounded by woods, and by renouncing intensive cultivation we do our part for the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity . We work the vineyard respecting organic agriculture and with biodynamic practices : in autumn we sow mixtures of legumes and grasses - which we bury in the following spring - we mow after flowering and limit copper and sulfur while we carry out biodynamic treatments with resistance inducers to stimulate the plants to defend themselves. We harvest the grapes at the right level of ripeness and in the cellar we work them with great care, respecting the natural rhythms and trying to best express the characteristics of each vine. This is why we practice ancient winemaking methods and patiently await the long refinements in large barrels and bottles. The thought that guides every vinification here at Castello di Stefanago is to accompany the wine to simply and naturally express the grape variety and terroir : it is the grape that gives personality to the wine and its character must be preserved even when it deviates from the canon that custom would like for that vine. Intuitive is the word that best defines the company's wines : wines to be discovered, which evolve little by little in the glass and which tell of our work in the vineyard and in the cellar. Our wines express themselves frankly, far from corrections, adjustments, homologations .
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Stefanago Bianco is made with two different grapes, both harvested manually: first the Müller Thurgau grapes are harvested and pressed through soft pressing; Once the fermentation of the must has started, the Riesling Renano grapes are harvested, pressed in the same way and added to the Müller; together they complete the fermentation. Stefanago Bianco matures and refines in steel tanks and is decanted and bottled in spring. It is a pleasant and young wine, which easily pairs with any dish and, due to its drinkability, is particularly suitable for accompanying convivial lunches and dinners. We recommend serving it at a temperature between 12 and 14 degrees.
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The "ancestral" method is the one anciently used to produce sparkling wines without the use of technology. The Chardonnay, Riesling and Müller Thurgau grapes of our Ancestrale Blanc de Blancs , when fully ripe, are harvested by hand, with selection of the bunches, and crushed by soft pressing, then macerated for about two days on the skins. The fermentation stops with the arrival of the first cold weather (when a residual sugar is still present) until the arrival of spring awakens the yeasts, which slowly complete the transformation of the sugars into alcohol: thus the second fermentation begins in bottle necessary for the transformation of wine into sparkling wine. After 24 months we proceed with the "disgorgement" by hand, topping up the bottles with the same wine, without adding anything. With its continuous and subtle perlage, the Ancestrale Blanc de Blancs (of which we produce 4,000 bottles a year) is ideal for an aperitif or throughout a meal. We recommend serving it at a temperature of 10-12 degrees.

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